We decided to drive to Whangarei Heads, where the road mostly follows the Whangarei River/Harbour out to the coast. It was a beautiful day for it mostly sunny with a little cloud and fairly breezy.
|The Whangarei River with New Zealand's largest oil refinery on the right in the background|
|The Whangarei River very full from all the rain we have had for the past week|
|The Whangarei Heads on the top of the hill|
We drove right to the end of the road at Ocean Beach and had a stroll on the soft golden sands.
|A beautiful mushroom we saw near Ocean Beach|
The drive back was half on the same road we had travelled on and half through the hills to the coast further north, known as the Tutukaka Coast.
The Tutukaka Coast has many lovely little beaches and bays with a number of surfers enjoying the conditions. We stopped at a few different beaches for short walks and parked up next to Sandy Bay for an hour or so to watch the surfers.
|View of Tutukaka Coast|
|Us on Matapouri Beach|
|View from above Whale Bay|
|An interesting dead, hollow tree we found above Whale Bay|
|Luke's head inside the tree|
|Luke looking up the tree|
|A surfer enjoying Sandy Bay|
|Sunset on Sandy Bay|
|Sunset from above Whale Bay|
Our boat tomorrow leaves from Tutukara Marina so we will enjoy the evening at the campsite in the township here.